The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Chef Mafiz Ali holds children’s Halloween party at Ayr Spice

This week at Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant in Minishant, South Ayrshire, Scotland, celebrity TV chef Mafiz Ali and his staff held a Halloween party for pupils, parents and teachers from nearby Minishant Primary School.

This took place between 6-8pm on Tuesday 1 November.

Children and adults all enjoyed a delicious meal in the restaurant, and there followed a party for the children in the function room upstairs.

Mafiz Ali commented: “All my staff and I were all looking forward to what turned out to be a really fun event. We feel that it is important that a good restaurant should actively participate in the social life of the community, and not just be only a place to eat.”



Mafiz Ali
Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant
The Old Minishant Memorial Church
22 Ayr Road
KA19 8EX

Tel: 01292 441413

First Minister promotes Scottish low carbon technology in Abu Dhabi

A futuristic city in the middle of the desert could be a hub for further developing Scottish low carbon technology, First Minister Alex Salmond said this week.

[Pictured: First Minister Alex Salmond tours the Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi with Lena Wilson of Scottish Enterprise. The First Minister visited the futuristic city as he discussed renewable energy on his trip to the Middle East.]

Speaking during a visit to the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi’s initiative to advance the development, commercialisation and deployment of renewable and alternative energy technologies and solutions, the First Minister said: “Scotland is a world renewable energy champion, and is continuing to play a major role in driving the global adoption of renewable sources of power, innovations in grid technology and R&D in wind turbine development.

“The innovative work being undertaken here at the Masdar Institute is further indication that other nations are recognising the need to move to preserve the quality of the natural environment, which is one of the major global concerns facing us today, and one of the most critical challenges of the 21st century.

“As the world moves towards a low-carbon economy, there is mutual benefit to be had from working in collaboration to create these technologies. The emergence of the renewable energy sector in the UAE will bring with it a new spectrum of employment opportunity and technology sharing, and I look forward to Scotland playing an active part in this knowledge transfer.”

During his visit, the First Minister met with senior Masdar officials including: Dr Sultan Al Jaber, CEO, Masdar; Frank Wouters, Director, Masdar Power; Alex O'Cinneide, Director Masdar Capital; Trevor Nash, Director Venture Capital, Technology, Strategic Partnerships and Sustainability, Masdar; Dr Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute and Professor Joseph Cecchi, Provost and Professor of Engineering, Masdar Institute.

The First Minister took a tour around the City to view the Masdar Institute, one of the world’s most sustainable campuses for graduate level students and the first research-driven institution in the region dedicated to finding solutions to the challenges of future energy and sustainability. He also visited the Masdar 10MW photovoltaic power plant which provides the power for the low waste, low carbon City.

The Masdar Institute building has been designed to minimize water consumption by using high efficiency appliances, low-flow showers, highly efficient laundry systems, a water tariff that promotes water efficiency, smart water meters that inform consumers of their consumption and low-water use landscaping.

Dr Sultan Al Jaber, CEO, Masdar, said: “We are pleased to welcome First Minister Salmond to Masdar, to showcase the work we are doing to a broader audience and explore areas for possible collaboration. As a leading player in both the UAE and the wider clean tech market, we are eager to work with other like-minded countries such as Scotland to raise awareness and develop solutions to mitigate climate change.”

The Masdar Institute also seeks to be a leading renewable energy and clean technology player, by providing a test bed for the world to develop commercially viable, sustainable energy solutions, providing applied research for the four corporate arms of its allied Masdar group and the UAE as a whole.

Masdar is Abu Dhabi's multi-faceted initiative advancing the development, commercialisation and deployment of renewable energy technologies and solutions. The company serves as a link between today’s fossil fuel economy and the energy economy of the future - developing the ‘green print’ for how we will live and work tomorrow. Backed by the stability and reputation of the Mubadala Development Company, the strategic investment company of the government of Abu Dhabi, Masdar is dedicated to the emirate’s long-term vision for the future of energy.

The First Minister was recently awarded the third South Australia International Climate Change Award by the South Australian Government to recognise and encourage leadership by regional governments in response to the challenges of climate change.

Previous winners have been former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009 and Quebec Premier Jean Charest in 2010.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Ayrshire training provider JB Management targets business with China

Representatives of Ayrshire training provider JB Management will be flying to Beijing on Sunday 6 November 2011 for a week to introduce its services to China.

JB Management has delivered various training courses to international markets for a number of years now. However contacts made through the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle have enabled JB Management to identify China as a viable target market.

Bill Ure (Managing Director) is pictured (centre) with Kellie Zdanowicz (Operations Manager, right) and Meiqin McColm (Business Development Consultant, left) wishing them both ‘Bon Voyage’. Kellie and Meiqin will be embarking on this exploratory journey on behalf of JB Management.

JB Management has now set up an international arm to the business and introduced a brand name of QQI which stands for Quality Qualifications International. JB Management is an accredited City & Guilds, SQA, ILM and IOSH, Construction Skills and Construction Awards Alliance (CAA) training provider with over 15 years experience and deliver qualifications in a diverse range of subjects. Please see the Digital Brochure for information CLICK HERE

The company has a vastly experienced team with the relevant occupational knowledge and expertise to ensure that all candidates and companies see the benefit of the qualifications delivered, be it short courses or Vocational Qualifications up to Masters Degree level.

JB Management is very proud of its Scottish heritage and the fact that Scotland has given rise to many famous people, notable in the arts, literature, sciences and as inventors, philosophers, architects which can only be testament to its high standard and diverse range of education establishments.

In addition to JB Management’s efforts in China, the team will also be working hard to develop existing & new opportunities in other parts of the world including The Middle East & India. For this reason JB Management has recently recruited a Business Development Manager and are delighted to welcome Chris Merry to the team. Chris is an experienced Business Development professional who will add value to the team.

Should you require any further information on JB Management or QQI please do not hesitate to visit their websites and


Kellie Zdanowicz
Operations Manager
01292 886664

12 Wellington Square

JB Management is a founder member of The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Turnberry Resort introduces family-friendly Sunday Brunch in 1906 Restaurant

A great day out for the whole family lies in store as Turnberry Resort introduces monthly Sunday Brunches in its 1906 Restaurant this weekend.

Starting this Sunday 6 November and following on for the first Sunday of each subsequent month, the Ayrshire-based resort will serve up a sumptuous Sunday brunch, featuring a buffet starter, traditional main and mouth-watering dessert from their award-winning culinary team.

To further enhance the wonderful atmosphere and breathtaking views in 1906, live entertainment during brunch will add to the offering within the signature restaurant.

Priced at a very reasonable £22 per adult and £11 per child, the Sunday Brunch offering is especially ideal for families with two hours of complimentary childcare included for young ones at Turnberry’s new Wee Explorers playroom and crèche and with The Little Turnberry Farm walk families can conclude a perfect family day out.

In addition to the monthly event, the resort will also serve brunch on special occasion Sundays including Mother’s Day and Easter.

Turnberry General Manager Jordi Tarrida (pictured above) said: “As a family-friendly resort, Turnberry is an ideal place for a Sunday Brunch. We have strong culinary ties in the area, through our local sourced ingredients, which we aim to build on with the monthly Sunday buffet. To ensure a great experience for all ages we’ve included some complimentary time for children aged 3-12 years within The Wee Explorers, giving parents an opportunity to enjoy a bit of relaxation at the end of their week.”

For more details and booking information, please visit:

Turnberry Resort is a Founder Member of The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.